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EXCITING NEWS FOR AUSTRALIANS:

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that Australians will finally get access to the Zune Music Marketplace and Zune Music Pass on November 16. This is exciting news for Australian customers who have been waiting years to get their hands on music direct from Zune.

Australia?s Zune Music Pass will run subscribers $11.99 a month or $119.90 a year. It will include all of the features people have come to expect, including unlimited streaming music videos, which was introduced earlier this month as part of the service?s expansion into Canada. The aforementioned announcement also included a price drop from $14.99 to $9.99, but the conversion rate means Australian customers will be paying a bit more.

The Zune Music Marketplace has a library of more than 11 million tracks available for purchase in MP3 format. DRM-free tracks purchased through the service are playable on every MP3-compatible device, while Zune Pass content can be streamed to Zune devices, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, the Zune PC software client, and Zune.net. The service is also accessible through Bing?s Music section.

We?re very excited to see the service start playing in yet another international market. It?s been a long time in coming!!
 

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Welcome, Australians, to music heaven. I read this other report where David McLean clarified that Zune Pass (mp3) content can also be downloaded to Zune devices and not just streamed as implied in the above and other news reports. This downloading -unlimited, and to multiple devices- is what distinguishes the Zune Pass deal for me -at least as it works in the US, and I hope will in Australia and elsewhere.

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